Illustration from "Gardening" by L. Williams in the "The Hobby Books" series.
If you've followed this journal for any length of time, you'll probably know that I love Cyclamen, and that I started growing them seriously five years ago when my friend David Leeman bought seed from the Clematis Society. We had excellent germination and some fabulous plants from that sowing and in the past few years I have potted-up special plants to grow in the greenhouse as well as naturalized small colonies in the garden. I've also been able to give plants to gardening friends and introduced them to this amazing family.
In the garden I found this particularly vivid pink Cyclamen hederifolium flower. I'll keep an eye on this and maybe pot it up as a specimen plant for the greenhouse.
Of the various species that I grow, the first to bloom are C. hederifolium, C. mirabile and C.graecum. This C. hederifolium has the most lovely scent.
A selection of the C.herifolium currently in bloom.